Chinese Hualong One installs reactor vessel

It will start up next year.

World Nuclear News reported that the reactor pressure vessel has been installed at the demonstration Hualong One being constructed as unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province. The reactor is expected to start up next year.

The vessel was introduced into the 16.5-meter platform of the reactor building on 17 January. In an operation lasting almost nine hours, the component was moved into position on its support ring yesterday, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced.

The pressure vessel was independently designed by China Nuclear Power Research and Design Institute and manufactured by China First Heavy Machinery. The vessel completed hydraulic pressure tests in April last year. These tests confirmed the integrity of the vessel's welds and seals.

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